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Recent Windows Update Error Code 80244019 - probably GWX


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I've registered for Win 10, so I check each day to see if any new updates have arrived.

Today a few times I saw error 80244019 and an update failure.

When you look up the error code you find:

Windows Update error 80070422, 80244019, or 8DDD0018

where it claims:

"If you receive one of these errors while downloading updates, the most common cause is a computer virus that has turned off Windows Update, or another service on your computer that is needed by Windows Update."

which is kind of scary.

However, trying a little later, I see things work and there's nothing new.

I suppose the Windows servers are getting jammed and thrashed around quite thoroughly.

Funny how 'Get Windows 10' may cause MS to have a denial-of-service attack of their own making.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.3 GHz
    ASUS P8P67 PRO Rev 3.0
    16 GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (4 banks 4GB DIMM DDR3 8-8-8-24 5-32-12-7 1T 1.5V)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 440
    Sound Card
    Firewire Focusrite Saffire Pro 14
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG W2353V
    Screen Resolution
    Hard Drives
    2 of Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS (2TB ea.);
    1 of Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 (2TB);
    1 of Hitachi Deskstar HDS722020ALA330 (2TB);
    2 of Seagate Desktop ST4000DM000-1F2168 (4TB)
    Corsair AX850 Gold
    Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
    ThermalTake Silent 1156
    Logitech K520
    Logitech M310
    Internet Speed
    Other Info
    Event Studio Precision 6 powered audio monitors;
    Boston Acoustics CS Sub 10 Powered Subwoofer;
    NI Kore controller;
    NI Maschine controller;
    M-Audio Axiom 61 keyboard controller; expression pedal; sustain pedal;

    ... and tons of audio software ...

    I also keep two USB 3 thumb drives (A: and B:) attached with boot recovery and security stuff that I can boot into from BIOS in case of emergency


I have exactly the same problem on my Windows 8.1 Pro x64 and the MS solution provided by MS doesn't work :(. I've also found some other solution (it actually resets Windows Update) together with automated FixIt file which claims to have corrected the error, but in fact it doesn't.

I've realized that the error appears only when updates for both Windows and other MS programs are enabled. If looking for Windows updates only (to be configured in WU), the error is magically gone and updates are correctly found and installed.

However I do believe this has something to do with Win10 updates, as I have three computers at home and another two propose me to update to Win10 from the Windows Update window, while the one affected (actually my main one :( ) still shows only the Win10 icon in the tray and the option to update to Win10 is gone from the Windows Update window (for others it's offered as the first-choice update and I need to select "other updates" to see available updates).

I have Windows provided by Dell installed on this machine so maybe it looks for dedicated Win10 update for Dell computers? Has anyone found a solution to this?

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Precision M4800
    Intel i7-4900MQ
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4600 & nVidia Quadro K2100M
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2312HM & Dell 2408WFP
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 & 1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 EVO 256 GB & Hitachi TravelStar 5K750 750 GB
    Firefox 32
    Kaspersky Internet Security 15

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